Wednesday, September 6, 2017

IWSG Wednesday and Very


The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling. 

September 6 Question: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn't think you'd be comfortable in??
When I surprise myself is: when I'm editing one thing, writing another, and come across something in my editing I've written and liked. My reaction is...'Dang (well close enough:) why can't I come up with something like that now?'
Has that ever happened to you?

Question:  Does anyone out there use grammarly and how do you like it?

And.....
Looking for a word to use beside very:
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53 comments:

  1. You writers are way tooooo hard on yourselves. I hope that you often find things in your work that you like and perhaps if you insist on self-flagellation you will keep the other hand free to pat yourselves on the back.

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    1. I like the idea of a free hand for a back pat:)
      Have a great one, EC.

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  2. I don't write any more, but sometimes when I did, I would read something I had written previously and thought, "Dang, that's good, did I write that?"

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  3. I think we are all our own worst critics! Hugs, Valerie

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  4. I've been told on more than one occasion (art wise, not writing) that I was too hard on myself. Now I will tell you the same thing.

    I was super impressed with that "very" word list. I must remember that one, because there are lots of words I should be using other than my favorite, which is "awesome."

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth.
      There were some words on the very list I hadn't thought of either that I really liked. (Now to be on the lookout for a really list:)

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  5. Like Sharon, it happened to me to read spmething I wrote days/weeks before and be pleased and amazed with my " muses's inspiration".

    Most writing guides advice us to avoid useless wording, very being one of the culprits.

    A lovely day everyone!

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    1. And you have a lovely one too, Carmen.

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  6. I haven't really thought about those words and I am not sure what I use when writing blog posts, but I will keep in mind about the word 'very'.

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    1. :) Me too, Andrew. We're probably all going to be hypersensitive now about using it:)

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  7. Redundancy is the pits, even when we're blogging, so I love that you gave great suggestions on the use of more descriptive words that work out much better when telling a story. A brilliant post! Hugs...RO

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    1. Thanks, Ro!
      YOU, have a marvelous day.
      Hugs back,

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  8. That's a great list of alternatives.
    Sometimes it does feel like we're going backwards, doesn't it?

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  9. I now want to go through my story to see how many times I used "very." Most of these terms I would not have thought of.

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    1. I agree, Jamie. There are several words that I wouldn't have thought of that are perfect: clean, descriptive.

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  10. I love the alternatives and have to remember to use this for the future since I use Very a lot.

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    1. Whoever made the list did come up with some great alternatives, didn't they, Birgit?
      How are you feeling?

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  11. A great list indeed. Sometimes it seems like one step forward two steps back haha

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  12. Sometimes I see the repeat of words and need to change my vernacular a bit.I will have to watch my very usage to see how I can improve wording better. It could be very hard. LOL

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    1. Very is probably going to be the word jumping out at us now when we read:)

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  13. I cannot understand these difficulties because I am not a writer. All I know is what I read before my eyes and you writers make it seem so effortlessly!
    I give all of you a thumbs up and thank you for words to read and enjoy 💮

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    1. Right back at ya. Your haikus are seamless.

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  14. I have Grammarly but I rarely use it.

    Thanks VERY much for the list. LOL

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  15. I do that all the time. My head space definitely moves on as it gets into another story. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  16. Hi Sandra - oh getting going with a story line or a re-drafting a post is really quite difficult at times. I try and remember not to repeat words ... but don't use grammarly, though know about - those words are interesting though - cheers Hilary

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    1. I have to watch repeats too, Hilary. It's so easy to do.

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  17. Hi,
    Thanks for posting the word list about very. Love it. When I'm editing is using when I come up with ideas. I hardly ever come with ideas when I'm writing the piece or the manuscript.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia Everything Must Change

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    1. I can relate, Pat. I sometimes feel like my first draft is an intensified outline.

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  18. I'm sure the writers here will find that list helpful.
    Happy Mid-week to all.

    All the best Jan

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  19. Well, I guess you can turn that around and think you can still come up with good stuff when things aren't going so well. Love the substitute word list. Very helpful... er, I mean... indispensable!

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    1. I like your positive attitude, Nick.
      Very helpful...heh heh.

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  20. Thanks for the word list that could be helpful!

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  21. I have the Grammarly plug-in that works well when I'm writing something online. But I usually forget to copy and paste my text in after I've written something in Word! The newer version of Word has really great grammar correction--although it does NOT like terms like "in order to!" I also learned "of" isn't necessary in "all of" most of the time.

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    1. Thanks for passing on the tidbit of all of. Good info:)

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  22. I often edit my work and find little tidbits/sentences that make me blink and say, "Hmm. I am good." That's always a great moment.

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  23. I love those moments when I read something I wrote and am impressed. And yeah, always seems to happen by accident, not when I'm stressed while actually "thinking" on what I'm writing.

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    1. We seem to shut ourselves down when we overthink don't we, Dolorah?

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  24. Greetings! I like your "very" list. It's...um, er, well I can't say "very smart" now, can I? O.k. So it's cool. Yeah, it's cool, 'cause, like, I know cool things when I see 'em. Yeah.

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  25. Glad you liked it, Tyrean. Thanks for stopping by.

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  26. We are too hard on ourselves!
    As you know, I don't write, but I appreciate all who do! Great list!
    Big Hugs, Sandra!

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